March 9, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Tulane's Grace Daley added another set of honors to her impressive resume on Thursday, picking up a pair of awards from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
The reigning Conference USA Player of the Year, Daley was named by the WBCA as one of 48 finalists for the 2000 NCAA Division I Kodak Women's Basketball All-America team. By reaching the final round, Daley is assured of earning at least honorable mention All-America honors for the third straight season. The finalists, voted on by WBCA member coaches in each of eight WBCA geographical districts, are vying for a spot on the 10-member Kodak All-America team, which will be announced March 30 in Philadelphia.
In addition, Daley was selected as one of 17 Division I seniors to play in the WBCA All-Star Challenge on April 1 in conjunction with the Final Four. The game, which features the Player of the Year (yet to be determined) from NCAA Division II, III and NAIA in addition to the 17 Division I seniors, will be played at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.
"These are certainly a pair of outstanding honors for Grace," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "Of course, we think she is one of the best players in the nation, but it is great for her to earn the recognition of women's basketball coaches from across the nation."
Daley, a three-time, first-team All-Conference USA choice, leads the league and ranks eighth nationally in scoring at 21.3 points per game, while also ranking among the C-USA leaders in 10 of 12 statistical categories (all but blocked shots and defensive rebounds). She has already earned All-America honors from the Women's Basketball News Service this year, and was one of just five players selected as a first-team Midseason All-American by the Women's Basketball Journal.
Next up for Daley and Tulane is the Green Wave's sixth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, as the Wave earned an automatic berth after winning the Conference USA Tournament.